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1. Posted by nomadicgal (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

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Hiya! Im thinking of going to Canada for a year through Bunac.. as I`m 31!... No nothing about canada, and wondered if any of you had any advice!...on where to go / staff / jobs etc.

I was in Australia for nearly a year - but didnt enjoy it that much, due to various things... but heard that Canada is very different to OZ!...

i would want to organise an apartment and a job before I went!.. im not a skier but really want to learn and work in that envoirment maybe! even if it was in admin...

Any advice on where to stay - base myself or websites on accomodation and jobs would be great!....

Thanks a lot

2. Posted by missmyms (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Canada is pretty big so it depends on where you want to go. I would maybe suggest you the B-C, wich is the more western province of Canada. Vancouver is verry nice and skiing there is verry good.

I would also suggest Montréal city, since I am from there!!! It is a verry charming city and peaple are nice. But, if you don't speak french, it can be arder to find a job. Altough, there is a lot of anglophone in Montréal.

Nova Scotia is also verry nice, the views are wonderfull and you can do a lot of outdoor activities. But I don't think it would be a verry exciting place to live, so I suggest it to you as a trip for few days/weeks only...

If you have some questions on specific places, dont hesitate...

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Hi!

It all depends on where you want to go. Vancouver is a good place, it's in BC, the western part of Canada. It has a bit of everything..you've got mountains for skiing, several lakes, rivers, fields? Ok, forget fields. It has a pretty good night life (though I think it could be way better :P).

It's also kinda close to Whistler. It's a small town, where people go to snowbaord or ski during the winter seasons. I heard of some people I knew that got jobs there, and they seemed pretty happy about it (though this is from a chain of acquaintances, so who knows, maybe they hated it with passion...but I still doubt that). I haven't been to Whistler since I was very little, though from what I hear it's a little pricey to live there, etc..and in general.

There are also different skiing (etc) places around...I know some people from my company went to a ski trip to Silver Star a few days ago (though I forget where Silver Star is :S).

For accomodation, again, it depends on where you want to live and how much you want to spend. Only warnings I'll give you are: don't live at East Hastings (drugs, worn down, creepy at night), don't live in the middle of nowhere (bad for transit at late hours), and if you're on a budget, don't aim for the Kitsilano area. Otherwise, google vancouver and jobs or vancouver and accomodation and it should pop up some stuff for you.

If you have any questions about this area, I'll be happy to answer!!

Kat

4. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

Vancouver is a great city to start with, its got the mildest climate (except for Victoria on Vancouver Island) in the country, and located along the ocean, but it's also right by some of the best ski mountains in all of North America. Whistler and Blackcomb are about an hour and a half drive north. Intrawest owns (for now) these two famous ski resorts and you can find jobs on their employment website: http://www.wework2play.com/

The local mountains on the North Shore (West and North Vancouver) offer great skiing as well: Mount Seymour at http://www.mountseymour.com/; Grouse Mountain at http://www.grousemountain.com/ (which has the best view from atop); and Cypress Bowl at http://www.cypressmountain.com/index.asp
They all advertise for employment on their websites.

What are some of the popular websites for job opportunities in Vancouver (and other cities across Canada)? Here they are:
http://www.monster.ca/
http://working.canada.com/vancouver/search/index.html
http://www.workopolis.com/canada-jobs/vancouver-jobs/index.html

Housing can be a little expensive in both downtown Vancouver and Whistler. Craigslist offers some good ideas on what's currently available: http://vancouver.craigslist.org/apa/

Would like to know a little bit about Vancouver, take a look at this website:
http://www.discovervancouver.com/attractions.asp

Good luck, and I hope you land a great job!

Petra M, Vancouver

5. Posted by DaveHilton (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Eemak,
I am from Calgary, its in Alberta, we are about 1 hours drive from Banff if you want to get into skiing, here the economy is booming as well so there is lots of work available, the bad part is it is fairly pricey to live, about as much as Vancouver/Toronto, maybe 800/1000 cdn a month for a nice 1 bedromm apt.
Other than skiing we have the Calgary stampede in the summer, or for rock climbing, hiking, camping we have kananaskis or banff national park., it is a city of 1 million+ and there is plenty to do. From here to go see Van. is a 12 hour drive, 1hr.20min. flight or about a 6 hour drive to the Okanogan valley for the summer.
If you want more info about Calgary - possible job contacts if you tell me what line of work you do, rent, let me know.
Dave

6. Posted by DaveHilton (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Eemak, (Emma)
just read your profile, (should have before I called you Emmak, sorry)
its Dave from Calgary, noticed you are from the U.K. which part? We have property in Haywards Heath, W. Sussex, If you are looking for live-in-caregiver work,,,,,, way after talking, meeting and being grilled by my wife we are looking for a caregiver, we have triplets, (2 year olds) and need some help around the house with them, would be happy to trade accomidations for help, if you are good with kids and you meet and get along with my wife, and the kids.
If you are interested let us know Emma,
Dave